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John Lacy, a Restoration actor and playwright, satirised puritans, including in his role as Mr Scruple in The Cheats by John Wilson (right). John Michael Wright (died 1694/National Portrait Gallery

Mayflower 400: how society feared and ridiculed puritans

Puritans were often depicted as fools until they had a shot at government, and then the humour got darker.
Randy Rainbow’s ‘A Spoonful of Clorox’ is a savage attack on U.S. President Trump, with a full spoon of saccharine. YouTube/Randy Rainbow

COVID-19 parody songs are the spoonful of sugar we need right now

We all need reassurance and humour in the coronavirus pandemic. A best-of list of both biting satire and silly parody to beat the quarantine blahs.
The female form is often used to depict themes of freedom and justice – and satirists think it’s useful to extend the metaphor to rape. But that’s a problem. EPA/Joédson Alves

Political satire has a rape problem

It's dehumanising when cartoonists use images of sexual violence to make broad-brush comments about society.

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